There are people who deliver a final message that the dead did not have a chance to share during their lives. They are, so-called, trauma cleaners or those who interpret the stories of the deceased and convey these to the people around the dead by organizing the objects of the dead. I would like to introduce a drama that expresses various social problems through this unusual job. 'Move to Heaven' is an adaptation of an essay titled, "Things Left After Leaving". This drama consists of ten episodes, sharply pointing out problems such as dating violence, abuses of power, and death that we might think it's far from us.
Gru, a main character of the drama with Asperger’s Syndrome, is a person who has a brilliant memory instead of social skills and he doesn't feel emotions well. He lived with his father who manages a trauma cleaning company called, 'Move to Heaven', but his father suddenly dies of chronic disease. Ultimately, Gru lives with his uncle Sang-goo, whom his father appointed as a his guardian. He didn't get along well with his brother because Sang-goo misunderstood that his brother abandoned him. And he must take care of Gru just when Sang-goo is released from prison. Sang-goo complains constantly and continues the work of a trauma cleaner.
The main story focus on delivering messages that the dead haven't yet had a chance to send. But you should be paid attention to the lives of the dead who appear in every episode. You can look at the stories of not only students who were accidentally killed in factories while working as non-regular workers, but also sons who ended relationships with their old mothers, stalking victims, and homosexual couples. Even though the events of each episode have been publicized already, problems remain unresolved.
The first case that Sang-goo and Gru worked on together is at the home of an elderly person who has been left dead and decomposing for three weeks. Despite suffering from dementia, her children did not take care of her. Her child, the client, did not care about family keepsakes but rather asked them to deliver their bank account records or cash as soon as they find it. Even though it was the first request that Gru received without his father, he calmly cleans the keepsakes as he did when he worked with his father. And he found several 50,000 won bills under the floor. Since the bills have been left for a long time with the dead body, Gru cleans them with chemical treatment. After this, Gru delivers them to the client. After contemplating the dead's message, as he had learned from his father, he finds out a message. It turned out that the elderly person was collecting 50,000 won per month to prepare her son's suit despite her difficult situation. In addition, the client regrets his past of doing nothing to his mother when he found out the package of clothes that he bought for his first salary more than 30 years ago. This episode reminds us that you must do your best every moment not to regret after someone precious dies.
Another story was about a doctor who was killed by a patient who was addicted to drugs. He died trying to find a threatened nurse. Gru finds out that the doctor hadn’t delivered a letter to his lover. Gru looks around the keepsake to deliver the letter and finds cello performance pamphlets. There are three women and one male cellist who will participate in the performance. Gru is sure own of these is the would-be recipient of the letter and runs directly to the concert hall. Gru assumes that the cellist who the doctor loved was a woman, so they only asked women about the doctor. However, it turned out that the owner of the letter was a male cellist, and they were broken up due to opposition from their parents because they were homosexual. I expected that the lover would be a woman at the scene where a male doctor wrote a letter to his lover. However, the story breaks our stereotypes and provides an opportunity to contemplate the social prejudices that are still in our minds.
'Move to Heaven’ is an impressive drama in that Sang-goo gradually opened his heart to the world. He is selfish and only looks for his profits. And he grows up in a difficult environment and judged pessimistically all values. But Sang-goo encountered the stories of the dead with Gru and works as a trauma cleaner and finds the direction of life by thinking about life and death. I hope that everyone who lives fiercely without time to think about life and death will take a break and think about life and death. 'Move to Heaven' criticizes the practices of considering people as machines in factories, prioritizing the value of wealth over humans, and excessive ranking. We should listen to the voices of those who have died in vain because they are a minority and weak.
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